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Aging and (Un)sustainability
Cuban and Cuban Diaspora Cultural Production
Papers on texts or practices related to the themes of aging, continuity, deaths real or imaginary, and/or (un)sustainability in any period of Cuban cultural history. 250-word abstracts by 25 March 2014; Roberto-Ignacio Diaz (rdiaz@usc.edu)
Posted 6 February 2014, last updated 14 March 2014

Disability and the Arthurian World
Arthurian Literature
This panel will explore diverse approaches to disability and modes of embodiment, including deformity or monstrosity, within Arthurian texts. 300-500 word abstracts by 15 March 2014; Alex Mueller (alex.mueller@umb.edu)
Posted 3 February 2014, last updated 4 March 2014

The Matter of What Words: Studies in Germanic Linguistics
Germanic Philology
Papers addressing any aspect of Germanic Linguistics and Philology. 250 word abstract by 14 March 2014; Stephen Mark Carey (smcarey@morris.umn.edu)
Posted 6 February 2014, last updated 26 February 2014

Sexualities, Legislation, and Memory
Law as Literature
How are global victories and legal challenges to LGBT rights shaping autobiography, film, relationships with nations of origin, political engagement? 300 word abstracts by 14 March 2014; John Hawley (jhawley@scu.edu)
Posted , last updated 25 February 2014

Law, Modernism and Copyright
Law as Literature
Papers on intersections and intertextuality between modernism(s) and copyright law, including considerations of related transformations, evasions and dissemination. Abstracts of 250 words or less by 16 March 2014; Imani Perry (iperry@princeton.edu)
Posted 21 February 2014

Placing Ireland
Anglo-Irish Literature
This panel concerns the various means by which the site of Irish culture is or has been "placed", whether in theoretical, geographical, imaginative, or any other terms. 250 word abstracts by 15 March 2014; Gregory J. Dobbins (gjdobbins@ucdavis.edu)
Posted 21 February 2014

The Spatial Turn in Law and Literature
Law as Literature
Papers on spatial turn in law & literature; borders, sites of (il)legality, jurisdictional imaginaries & critical geographies. Please submit abstracts of 250 words or less. by 16 March 2014; Imani Perry (iperry@princeton.edu)
Posted 21 February 2014

The Jewish Atlantic
Jewish American Literature
Papers offering a view of the Jewish Atlantic diaspora and the circulation of books, ideas, and people across this oceanic space. 250 word abstracts and full contact information by 15 March 2014; Aimee Lynn Pozorski (pozorskia@ccsu.edu)
Posted 21 February 2014

Jewish American Postmemory
Jewish American Literature
Considers “postmemory”: Hirsch’s articulation of what remains after memory, and the process of intergenerational participation in the identification of shared trauma. 250 word abstracts and full contact information by 15 March 2014; Aimee Lynn Pozorski (pozorskia@ccsu.edu)
Posted 21 February 2014

Heroes
Lusophone Literatures and Cultures outside Portugal and Brazil
Reflections on literary, cinematic and media representations of heroes. How has the conceptualization of the hero changed over time? What role do heroes play in the national imaginary? 150-word abstracts. by 1 April 2014; Nicola Cooney (ncooney@princeton.edu)
Posted 21 February 2014

Teaching with the OED: A Roundtable
Lexicography
Teaching students to use the Oxford English Dictionary; descriptions of successful assignments; negotiating OED Online; broader reflections on dictionaries in the classroom. 300-word abstracts by 14 March 2014; Lisa Berglund (berglul@buffalostate.edu)
Posted 21 February 2014

Place and Memory in Dutch Language, Literature and Culture
Netherlandic Language and Literature
Papers on any topic in Dutch language. literature, or culture; those that address the session title especially welcome. 300-word abstracts; subject line: MLA. by 15 March 2014; Jolanda Vanderwal Taylor (jvtaylor@wisc.edu)
Posted 21 February 2014

Performing the Aging Memory
Age Studies
The Age Studies Discussion Group will propose a special session that addresses the intersection of age, performance, and memory. Consideration of any genre is welcome. 300-word abstract, CV by 15 March 2014; Valerie Barnes Lipscomb (lipscomb@sar.usf.edu)
Posted 17 February 2014, last updated 21 February 2014

Romance Literatures and Photography
Romance Literary Relations
This panel looks into how romance literatures use photography as an aesthetic or narrative device, and/or how photographic theory affects our reading or interpretation of literature. 200-word abstracts by 15 March 2014; Guillermina De Ferrari (gdeferrari@wisc.edu)
Posted 21 February 2014

Bibliography for the twenty-first century
Bibliography and Textual Studies
Seeking discussions of projects, research, issues, controversies, trends, and other topics. More information: http://mlalibraries.commons.mla.org/2014/02/20/cfp-bibliography/. 250-word abstracts by 15 March 2014; Dawn Childress (dawn@psu.edu) and Matt Cohen (matt.cohen@utexas.edu)
Posted 20 February 2014, last updated 21 February 2014

Comics and Memory
Comics and Graphic Narratives
We invite all approaches to this topic, from graphic memoirs as personal archives to long-running serials as repositories of cultural memory. 250-word abstracts by 10 March 2014; Christopher Pizzino (cpizzino@uga.edu)
Posted 7 February 2014, last updated 21 February 2014

Immigration and Comics
Comics and Graphic Narratives
This panel examines how comics from around the world were shaped by the immigrant story, and how they inscribe the immigrant identity and experience. Send 200 to 300-word abstracts. by 8 March 2014; Nhora Lucia Serrano (nhoraluciaserrano@gmail.com)
Posted 18 February 2014, last updated 21 February 2014

Literature in Weird Media
Media and Literature
This panel explores theoretical implications and analytical challenges of literary works in 'weird' non-print forms. 500-word abstract and two-page vita in one PDF. by 15 March 2014; Jason Camlot (jason.camlot@concordia.ca)
Posted 21 February 2014

Catalan Literature in Translation and European Integration
Catalan Language and Literature
Translations from Catalan into other (mostly into East European) languages and the model of Catalan cultural promotion in configuring a European meta-identity. 250-word abstracts; bio by 15 March 2014; Anton Pujol (apujol@uncc.edu) and Marina-Sabina Draga Alexandru (sabina.draga@americanstudies.ro)
Posted 21 February 2014

Visual Cultures and Young People’s Texts in Canada
Canadian Literature in English
Exploring visual culture produced by, for, and about young people in Canada, including comics, animation, picture books, photography, and digital forms. Abstracts (350 words) by 15 March 2014; Catherine Tosenberger (ctosen@gmail.com) and Jennifer Blair (jennifer.blair@uottawa.ca)
Posted 21 February 2014

Bilingual Authors and Literary Self-Translation
Translation
Papers on self-translation, the challenges bilingual authors face when translating their own work, or the effects of translation on bilingual authors. One-page CV and 200-word abstract by 15 March 2014; Giada Biasetti (gbiasetti@gru.edu) and Sergio Waisman (waisman@gwu.edu)
Posted 20 February 2014

Negotiating Sites of Memory
Catalan Language and Literature
How are Catalan sites of memory negotiated in different formats: literature, history, film, culture, architecture, art, etc. and across the times? 250 page abstracts by 14 March 2014; María-Luisa Guardiola (mguardi1@swarthmore.edu)
Posted 20 February 2014

Plurality and Multiplicity in Hebrew Literature and Culture
Hebrew Literature
The intersection of plural languages, identities, political positions and literary styles in the study of contemporary Israel and its cultural and literary past. abstract by 12 March 2014; Na'ama Rokem (nrokem@uchicago.edu)
Posted 20 February 2014

Jewish Sites of Memory
Hebrew Literature
Joint session of Hebrew Yiddish discussion groups; Monuments and memorials, ruins, remnants and forgotten sites of a past under negotiation, in Israel, Europe and the United States. abstract by 12 March 2014; Na'ama Rokem (nrokem@uchicago.edu)
Posted 20 February 2014

Celtic Carry-Ons: Packing Power and Prestige
Celtic Languages and Literatures
20 minute papers sought addressing the longevity and transportability of Celtic cultures. How did Celtic artifacts move and influence existing power structures? Abstracts by 14 March 2014; Lahney Preston-Matto (prestonmatto@adelphi.edu)
Posted 20 February 2014

Selected Topics in Romance Linguistics
Comparative Romance Linguistics
We welcome papers exploring any area of Romance Linguistics (theoretical or applied). Abstracts in .pdf format, 300-500 words. by 31 March 2014; Andre Zampaulo (zampaulo@gmail.com)
Posted 20 February 2014

Bibliography for the twenty-first century
Libraries and Research in Languages and Literatures
We invite discussions of projects, research, issues, controversies, trends, and other topics related to bibliography in a digital age. For more information, visit http://mlalibraries.commons.mla.org/2014/02/20/cfp-bibliography/ ‎. 250-word abstracts by 15 March 2014; Dawn Childress (dawn@psu.edu) and Matt Cohen (matt.cohen@utexas.edu)
Posted 19 February 2014, last updated 20 February 2014

Degeneration in Russia
Slavic Literatures and Cultures
This panel will consider the impact and legacies of the notions of degeneration and degeneracy that arose in Russian culture in the 19th and 20th centuries. 300-word abstract by 15 March 2014; Jonathan Stone (jon.stone@fandm.edu)
Posted 19 February 2014

Rethinking Theater History in Eastern Europe
Slavic Literatures and Cultures
We seek papers offering innovative methods and revisions of the theater history of socialism in Eastern Europe. 250-word abstract, brief cv by 14 March 2014; Zoltán Márkus (zomarkus@vassar.edu) and Kevin Platt (kmfplatt@sas.upenn.edu)
Posted 19 February 2014

From Siberia to the Planet Mars
Science Fiction and Utopian and Fantastic Literature
Papers should analyze science fiction narratives produced in Russia, Eurasia, Eastern Europe, in any medium: literature, television, film, etc. 200-word abstracts and brief CV by 15 March 2014; Eric Aronoff (aronoffe@msu.edu) and Rebecca Stanton (rstanton@barnard.edu)
Posted 18 February 2014

Rethinking Theater History in Eastern Europe
Hungarian Literature
We seek papers offering innovative methods and revisions of the theater history of socialism in Eastern Europe. 250-word abstracts and brief CVs by 14 March 2014; Zoltán Márkus (zomarkus@vassar.edu) and Kevin Platt (kmfplatt@sas.upenn.edu)
Posted 18 February 2014

Science Fiction, Fantasy and the Concept of Culture
Science Fiction and Utopian and Fantastic Literature
How has sci-fi/fantasy explored (humanist and anthropological) concepts of "culture" and form? How does sci-fi/fantasy "world-making" engage/challenge anthropological ideas of culture/representation? Abstracts, brief cv by 15 March 2014; Eric Aronoff (aronoffe@msu.edu)
Posted 27 January 2014, last updated 18 February 2014

Professional Tensions in Present-Day English
Present-Day English Language
We invite papers on professional tensions in present-day English between standard/non-standard English in schools, interdepartmental/intradepartmental, assessment/learning, literature/linguistics, and/or town/gown. 250-word abstract by 15 March 2014; Jennifer M. Santos (jennifer.m.santos@gmail.com) and Lynn Houston (lynn.houston@sunyorange.edu)
Posted 17 February 2014

Catalan Literature in Translation and European Integration
Romanian Studies
This collaborative panel investigates translations from Catalan literature into East European languages and the model of Catalan cultural promotion within EU. 250-word abstracts by 15 March 2014; Maria-Sabina Draga Alexandru (sabina.draga@americanstudies.ro) and Anton Pujol (apujol@uncc.edu)
Posted 16 February 2014

Transnational Representations of Gender in Recent East European Literature and Film
Romanian Studies
Changes in gender representations in postcommunist East European literature and film in a transnational perspective, considering the European integration. 250-word abstracts by 15 March 2014; Maria-Sabina Draga Alexandru (sabina.draga@americanstudies.ro) and Corina L. Petrescu (petrescu@olemiss.edu)
Posted 16 February 2014

Brecht, Music, and Opera
Opera as a Literary and Dramatic Form
Brecht’s influence on modern opera, epic opera in the broader context of modernist opera, his collaborators, and "Brechtian" operas or music theatre by other composers. 5oo-word abstracts (maximum) by 15 March 2014; Elena Pnevmonidou (epnev@uvic.ca) and Matthew Wilson Smith (mwsmith1@stanford.edu)
Posted 15 February 2014

Opera in the 21st Century
Opera as a Literary and Dramatic Form
Operas written since 2000, 21st-century productions of older repertoire, interface of digital and human in performance, audience experience and reception, literary adaptations. Abstracts of 500 words by 15 March 2014; Joy Calico (joy.calico@vanderbilt.edu)
Posted 15 February 2014

Translating Old English Poetry
Translation
Poets’ Poetry: In memory of Seamus Heaney. Aspects of poets’ translations of OE poetry, into any language, or back translations into English. 250 word abstracts by 15 March 2014; Kathleen Davis (kathleendavis@uri.edu) and Sergio Waisman (waisman@gwu.edu)
Posted 13 February 2014

Writing in Context: Content Based First Year Composition
the Two-Year College
First year composition is usually a standalone course; however, some colleges link composition to content-courses. Brief presentations on successes and challenges. 300 word abstracts by 14 March 2014; Stacey Lee Donohue (sdonohue@cocc.edu)
Posted 28 January 2014, last updated 11 February 2014

Region and its (Dis)Contents
Southern Literature
Participants sought for roundtable discussion assessing the meaning, value and/or limitations of region as a framework for U.S. literary and cultural studies. 300-word position statement and brief CV by 9 March 2014; Katherine Renee Henninger (kth@lsu.edu)
Posted 11 February 2014

New Trends in Puerto Rican Literature
Puerto Rican Literature and Culture
This panel will examine the trends and artistic and political sensibilities that have defined Puerto Rican literature in the last decade. 500-word abstracts by 17 March 2014; Margarita Pintado (pintadom@obu.edu)
Posted 11 February 2014

William Morris and the North
Old Norse Language and Literature
The William Morris Society and the Old Norse Discussion Group seek papers on William Morris and associates in relation to Old Norse topics. Submit cv and abstract. by 15 March 2014; Eric Bryan (bryane@mst.edu) and Florence Boos (florence-boos@uiowa.edu)
Posted 10 February 2014

Diasporic Others: Italian Canadian Literature in Context
Italian American Literature
Considerations of literary works by Italian Canadians, other ethnic Canadians, others from the Italian diaspora in the U.S., the Americas, the world. ~300 word abstracts by 18 March 2014; Jim Cocola (jcocola@wpi.edu)
Posted 10 February 2014

Old Norse Myth, Folklore, and Religion
Old Norse Language and Literature
Papers may address any aspect of Old Norse myth, folklore, or religion from a literary, cultural, or linguistic perspective. Please submit an abstract of 150-200 words. by 21 March 2014; Eric Bryan (bryane@mst.edu)
Posted 10 February 2014

Mexican Narratives Across Borders and Ethnicities
Mexican Cultural and Literary Studies
Narratives on the U.S.-Mexico Border: questions of ethnicity and its intersections with nationality in an age of neoliberalism. Abstracts and short CV’s for roundtable. by 15 March 2014; Oswaldo Estrada (oestrada@email.unc.edu) and Anna Nogar (anogar@unm.edu)
Posted 9 February 2014

Scottish Literature: Into the Great Unknowns
Scottish Literature
This main session will explore "off the beaten track" aspects of Scottish literature. We invite proposals that investigate the unknown, unusual, lost or new. 350-word asbstracts. by 15 March 2014; Susan Oliver (soliver@essex.ac.uk)
Posted 28 January 2014, last updated 9 February 2014

(Neo)Stoicism in Hungarian Literature and Politics
Hungarian Literature
We welcome papers on the influence of classical Stoicism and Neostoicism (Lipsius) in Hungary 16th through 21st century. 250-word abstracts and brief CVs by 14 March 2014; Zoltán Márkus (zomarkus@vassar.edu)
Posted 8 February 2014, last updated 9 February 2014

Contemporary Yiddish: Literature, Theatre, and Film
Yiddish Literature
Reports of the death of Yiddish have been greatly exaggerated. This panel explores Yiddish-language culture in various media since 1980. 250-word abstracts by 15 March 2014; Jerold C. Frakes (jcfrakes@buffalo.edu)
Posted 9 February 2014

Scaling Romanticism: Local to Global, Abstract to Concrete
Scottish Literature
What are the scales of Anglo-Scottish/ British Romanticism? Between local/ global, molar/ molecular, and abstract/ concrete, can we detect and describe Scalar Romanticism? abstracts by 15 March 2014; Evan M. Gottlieb (evan.gottlieb@oregonstate.edu) and Miranda Burgess (mirandab@mail.ubc.ca)
Posted 8 February 2014, last updated 9 February 2014

The Graphic South
Southern Literature
A panel on visualizing the U.S. South through graphic forms of representation. Papers on texts in any medium and historical period are welcome. 300-word abstracts and brief vitas by 15 March 2014; Ted Atkinson (tatkinson@english.msstate.edu)
Posted 6 February 2014

Textual Assemblage: Readers, Re-Mixing, and the Re-Construction of Books
Bibliography and Textual Studies
We invite papers on all aspects of readers’ re-construction and assemblage of texts and images, either in physical or digital form. 250-word abstracts by 15 March 2014; Sigrid Anderson Cordell (scordell@umich.edu)
Posted 6 February 2014

La Mueva Jenerasion: Contemporary Sephardic Production
Sephardic Studies
Seeking proposals that explore the use of Judeo-Spanish in literary or cinematic expression post-1992. How and why is the language used today? 200-word abstract by 15 March 2014; Bryan Kirschen (bmkirschen@gmail.com)
Posted 5 February 2014

"Storytelling in the Past and Present: Global Perspectives on Folklore and Literature"
Folklore and Literature
Abstracts on folklore and literature relevant to the session title. Presenters must be MLA members. 250 words abstract and CV by 12 March 2014; Sharon Lynette Jones (sharon.jones@wright.edu)
Posted 5 February 2014

Troubadour Poetry : Lieux de mémoire
Provençal Language and Literature
How do troubadour poets negotiate memory? How does troubadour poetry function as a site of memory in the Middle Ages, and beyond? 250-word abstracts by 1 March 2014; Michelle K. Bolduc (mbolduc@uwm.edu)
Posted 4 February 2014

Memory
Scandinavian Languages and Literatures
To commemorate the anniversary of WWI, the Second Schleswig War, and the Napoleonic wars, this panel examines how historical or fictional conflicts are inscribed in Scandinavian cultural memory. 250 word abstract by 15 March 2014; Anne-Marie Andreasson-Hogg (aandreasson@northpark.edu)
Posted 4 February 2014

NAFTA, Neoliberalism, and 21st-Century Mexican Narratives. A Roundtable
Mexican Cultural and Literary Studies
Position papers on how Mexico is imagined and narrated after two decades of NAFTA's implementation. Send abstract and bio by March 15. by 15 March 2014; Juan Carlos Ramírez-Pimienta (jcramire@rohan.sdsu.edu)
Posted 26 January 2014

Elena Poniatowska: Five Decades of Critical Inquiry
Mexican Cultural and Literary Studies
Poniatowska’s corpus has inspired innovations in theory and criticism, including approaches to testimonio and ethical imperative in literature. Roundtable tracing critical discourse on her work. Abstracts by 15 March 2014; Beth Jörgensen (beth.jorgensen@rochester.edu)
Posted 24 January 2014

Communism and Translation: West Asian Contexts
West Asian Languages and Literatures
Panel on translation of communist concepts and practices across West Asia(s); possible topics: Soviet Orientalisms, Muslim communisms, language politics of the Comintern. 300-word abstract by 3 March 2014; Nergis Ertürk (nerturk@psu.edu)
Posted 23 January 2014

Jewish Geographies/Jewish Space(s)
Jewish Cultural Studies
Geographies of Jewishness. Relationships between identity and space. How do Jews produce space, how do spaces produce Jews? Where are Jews and how? Abstracts to Ben Schreier (bjs44@psu.edu) by 15 March 2014; Benjamin Schreier (bjs44@psu.edu)
Posted 21 January 2014

Co-territorialism and Historical Memory
Jewish Cultural Studies
Jews and other histories: analysis of multiply-occupied spaces and temporalities; same places, different identities, different memories. Possible topics include Palestine, Cities, Homelands, etc. Abstracts to Ben Schreier (bjs44@psu.edu) by 15 March 2014; Benjamin Schreier (bjs44@psu.edu)
Posted 21 January 2014

Libraries, Archives, and Public Memory
Libraries and Research in Languages and Literatures
How do libraries and archives function as sites for preserving and constructing public memory? For more details go to: http://bit.ly/LluiKV. 1 page abstracts by 24 February 2014; David Oberhelman (d.oberhelman@okstate.edu)
Posted 16 January 2014

New Approaches to Vernacular Languages in the US
General Linguistics
This panel seeks new approaches to the contemporary or historical presence of vernacular languages that are spoken and/or written in the US. 250-word abstract by 15 March 2014; Terrence Potter (tmp28@georgetown.edu)
Posted 14 January 2014

Around the World in Eighty Clicks: Travel and New Technologies
Travel Literature
How have new technologies – the internet, planes, trains and automobiles influenced the experience of travel? 250 word abstract and c.v. by 15 March 2014; Gaurav G. Desai (gaurav@tulane.edu)
Posted 14 January 2014

Theoretical/Pedagogical Approaches to Multiethnic/Multilingual Mass Media and Social Media
Literature of the United States in Languages Other Than English
Approaches to Multiethnic/Multilingual Mass Media and Social Media. Time period and genre open; transnational texts welcome. Abstract (max. 500 words) and brief CV. by 10 March 2014; Montse Feu (montsefeu@gmail.com)
Posted 5 January 2014

Coastal Canada
Canadian Literature in English
Papers on Canada’s coasts as/through: bioregions, shipping terminals, ports of entry/departure, stewardship, Pacific Rim/Transatlantic/Trans-Arctic relations, seaside-inland connections, First Nations perspectives, exploration, climate change, coastal labor, coastal cities. Abstracts (250 words) by 15 March 2014; Jennifer Blair (jennifer.blair@uottawa.ca)
Posted 6 November 2013

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